History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, 1884
James Campbell Biography
James Campbell, proprietor of the Morton House, Erie, was born in Ireland in 1835, and came to America and to Erie City when fifteen years old, with his mother, his father having died in Ireland.
He attended school in Ireland, and, on coming to America, those in Erie City.
After being employed about the Union Depot for four years, subject embarked in the grocery trade, which he continued for four years. He then entered hotel business, opening on State street, but soon afterward, in 1866, built the Eagle House, which he kept till 1879, when he purchased the Morton House, which he has successfully conducted since. This hotel contains forty-one rooms.
In 1857, Mr. Campbell was united in marriage with Mary, daughter of Thomas Shaughnessy, and a native of Ireland. By this union were born ten children - M. F., clerking in his father's hotel; Nellie, wife of Joseph Epley; James, Peter, John, William, Charles, George, Mamie and Libbie. Our subject and wife are members of the Catholic Church. In politics, he is a Democrat.
Source: History of Erie County, Pennsylvania; City of Erie; Chicago; Warner, Beers & Co.; 1884
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